LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (7News) — The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office announced Saturday that a Facebook group that was accused of creating a "hit list" targeting those who opposed their ideologies will not be criminally charged.
According to the sheriff's office, in March 2020, a Facebook group called “Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County” was under investigation after they received complaints alleging their social media posts were "evidence of organized criminal activity intended to infringe upon 1st Amendment rights and violated certain laws surrounding the crimes of stalking, harassment, and racketeering."
The complaints said the group called their supports to create a "hit-list" by asking them to compile a list of names, addresses, and occupations to target parents who had spoken out against Critical Race Theory.
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Throughout the investigation, the sheriff's office obtained multiple search warrants to identify the members of the group and the person who made the initial post.
Deputies say they found at least one post asking for names and other information on those who opposed the group. According to the Sheriff's office, some names were provided but no other personal information was shared. The investigators also talked to several people whose names appeared on the "hit list."
After their investigation, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office decided not to pursue any criminal charges against the members of the group. The FBI Public Corruption investigative unit also did a parallel investigation of the group and came to the same conclusion to not press any charges.